Professor Xu Xin is a widely respected academic on Judaic studies in China.
Last week, I had the privilege to listen to his lecture titled “Why are the Chinese so interested in the Jews?” ( I may add, Jews are also interested in the Chinese, it goes both ways!)
Similar to my own perspectives on the reason, I would like to summarize for you here.
Chinese and Jewish Peoples share much in common:
1. Long and continuous history/civilization (Jews have over 5000 years and Chinese have over 3000 years)
2. Common traditions (places importance on education, family, values, and building businesses) (Jewish ladies love to play Mah Jonng! Chinese admire Jews’ business acumen )
3. Similar experiences (both Chinese and Jews have been persecuted and suppressed by others, but both live on, stronger than before)
4. Bright future (both people are set for a new future)
What do you think? Any other thoughts on the connection of the two groups? I would love to hear from you.